Error Installing pip & easy_install for Python 2.7 on Win 64

I’ve been doing some messing around with Python, boto and AWS api’s recently (blog article to follow). To allow me to get the boto library installed on Win I took the pip & easy_install route.

At this point in time just ignore the fact that even though pip was meant to replace easy_install. The easiest way to install pip is still through the use of easy_install! confused? you’re not the only one.

Unfortunately there is a small bug in the install routines for the setuptools.msi. As you can imagine theres not much in the way of docs and I also struck a blank on the community forums (queue the inevitable ‘why use windows?’ replies)

If you try to run the setuptools.msi routine on Win 64 you’ll get the following error “Python version 2.7 is required, which was not found in the registry” all thats happening is that it’s actually looking in the wrong reg key location:

copy the registry entry value for InstallPath from:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Python\PythonCore\2.7\InstallPath

to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Python\PythonCore\2.7\InstallPath

It should now work. [Read more…]

First impressions of BT’s new OnLive service

I must be honest the release of the new OnLive service had caught me by surprise. I hadn’t heard much of the usual buzz or fanfare that goes with such launches; maybe I just had my head in the sand.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, I know similar services were running in the states with mixed success, but it’s such a bold move that I couldn’t wait to give it a try out, cloud computing has been the fashionable trend for a long time now, but could it really translate into a distributed server side gaming system?

I must admit I was pleasantly surprised, after a couple of false starts, namely desync and disconnect errors The app connected. The service currently has an eclectic mix of free games to try out ranging from shooters like Fear 2 and Bioshock to RPG’s like Titan Quest and platformers like Prince of Persia. [Read more…]

Remove the system beep on VMWare Player

I do a lot of messing round on the free version of VMware Player, it’s a really handy tool to test configs etc. the only thing that really annoys me is that on failure/error the VMWare player sends a system beep to the host system – even if you have all sound options off.

Please for the sanity of your co-workers turn this off! thankfully it’s incredibly simple

add the following entry into the config.ini:
mks.noBeep="TRUE"

For Vista & Win 7:
C:\Program Data\VMWare\Config.ini (hidden by default)

For Win XP:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware Workstation\config.ini

It’s that easy – I guess this really should be a toggle setting in the program itself, although I’m still struggling to understand why you would ever want it on.